I rarely buy anything new, most of my stuff chronicles HO and N scale from the 60s to the present. I also deliberately try to see how little money I can spend on the hobby, it's amazing how much can be had for so little.
Same here. For old stuff, Ebay has it, hands-down. Conventional auction sites are the worst and LHS's are no better. My stuff is all 50 to 70 years old, so like Shay and Greg, we live by a different set of guidelines than those who buy new stuff.
Great Guys. I never thought of looking at Ebay! Lots of my track and scenario will come from there. 14 Pieces of E-Z Track for $0.01 + Shipping. that's cheap? That's crazy, but my engines will come new.
I get stuff from EBay and my LHS. I have a great LHS that has NOS dating back several years. They have up large lots and resell it at vary reasonable prices. I have gotten NS flex track for 3 feet for a $1.
i never buy any train stuff online, if i see something online i like, i try to find it somewhere else. I buy my trains from my local hobby and train shops ( over 4!) at at the once yearly train show sometimes!
word of mouth
news paper ads
relatives, who don't have the time or room for their trains
I get some from the dumps (thanks to Bro in Law!:thumbsup
I get some from cleanup day, that people toss.:thumbsup:
Most of my stuff comes from my LHS. If it's a big ticket item that a reputable online dealer has at a killer price, I'll buy online. But if it's only $20 cheaper than my LHS, I buy it locally.
I also shop at train shows.
I get all my track from my LHS, most of my loco's have been obtained threw ebay, and the rest from a train show that comes to town every fall and spring. gotten a lot of my rolling stock for christmas (so don't know where it was gotten from) and an estate auction. gotten almost all of my passenger cars from ebay and am quite happy with the quality and shipping speed of the things i get. Finally the scenery i get of ebay in kits or premade things that come used. use ebay mainly because i don't have the amount of money some people have for the really nice MTH DCC and others though i wish i could.